You Never Know . . .
Hans Meinardus likes to be prepared. “You never know what appointment the Lord has for you!” he says. That’s why at age 76 he decided to take Teaching Children Effectively™ Level 1 (TCE™ 1). He wanted to be able to share the Gospel more effectively with children in 5-Day Club, Good News Club and Party Clubs. And that’s why he’s brushing up on his Spanish—he wants to be able to tell the parents of the Hispanic students how they can be saved too!
Hans didn’t become a Christian himself until 1971, when he was 37 years old. He was born in Germany, grew up in Chile and came to the U.S. to attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. While there some Christians reached out to the international students, inviting them to their homes, to picnics and to other events. He and his wife were included and heard the Gospel. Hans was not interested—he thought he didn’t have time for it. But after he graduated and moved to Texas to work as a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry, he and his wife were saved and baptized—seven years after he first heard the Gospel.
When he retired in 2000, he found a new interest—reaching children for Christ! Some of the members of his church were involved in CEF® and asked him to drive the Christian Youth In Action® (CYIA™) young people to their 5-Day Clubs. He enjoyed being with the teens and appreciated their enthusiasm and how well they understood and related to the kids.
Then three years ago he began helping in a Good News Club®. During their “Christmas blitz” on a Saturday before Christmas, he drove teachers to Party Clubs held in or near apartment complexes. That’s when he decided to take TCE 1. Now he helps at the Quail Valley Elementary School Good News Club—leading a small group, teaching memory verses and using the Wordless Book. He uses the Wordless Book for open air evangelism work too. And he continues to drive for CYIA and the Christmas blitz—and work on his Spanish.
He wants to be ready for whatever appointment the Lord has for him!